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ASUS PCE-AC88 AC3100 4x4 802.11AC PCIe Adapter

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  • Wireless speeds up to 2100 Mbps
  • 4x4 dual-band provide 60% faster Wi-Fi
  • External magnetic antenna base
  • Custom heatsink for improved stability and reliability
  • R-SMA antenna connectors

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Anonymous
Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
Verified Owner
1/ 5
Trash 3/28/2020 2:07:20 PM

Pros: nothing

Cons: No bluetooth support
No Hotpsot from PC support
Only got 50Mbps directly next to router/modem (only tested because I was curious, prefer ethernet)

Overall Review: I'd suggest buying something else, instead of wasting money on a product that is supposed to get 1000/210 Mbps but realistically only gets 2-5% of that.

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Manufacturer Response:
Dear Anonymous,

We certainly value your feedback on this matter, and I will be letting the related department know about the issues you are experiencing for continuous improvements to the product line. When testing your wireless speed were you connected via 2.4ghz or 5ghz? Please contact your ISP for more detail on your data plan. If you need any further assistance, feel free to contact me at cl-adrian@asus.com, and I will help you to the best of my abilities. I am here to assist our customers with our products and dedicated to bringing a resolution to all issues that they may come across. Your case for reference is N200405762.

Thank you for choosing ASUS!

Best Regards,
Adrian
ASUS Customer Loyalty – US Support
Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Great Wireless Adapter 1/4/2020 2:55:02 PM

Pros: Magnets on antennae pad are strong and hold well on a metal case. Antennae are easily rotated and fixed into position. Signal is much stronger than previous adapter. Has it’s own heatsink.

Cons: Needed the CD to install drivers.

Overall Review: Recommended.

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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Works great 12/22/2019 2:58:54 PM

Pros: Works well
Doesn’t drop connection
Works well on windows 10
Easy install
Getting 100mb down and 100mb up

Cons: No cons at the moment

Overall Review: Good piece of hardware

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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Verified Owner
5/ 5
No Issues out of the box and it works as described 12/17/2019 1:47:19 AM

Pros: Easy installation
Easy setup up
802.11AC is a huge improvement over my previous card
Antennas are really picking up the wifi signal

Cons: Nothing that I am aware of

Overall Review: The internal mSATA half card that came in the PC was getting about 12 Mbs download/8 Mbs upload, and was about 5 years old. That card had A,B,G, and N, but no 5Ghz capability. I bought a new half card with N, AC, and 5Ghz capability on it but it just didnt work correctly. I tried everything I could think of or find on the web to fix it... 4 days of messing around.. still no bueno. I had an epiphany that it may be the internal antenna. After finding internal antennas and pricing everything out I decided the best option was to add this Asus PCE-AC88 card in the tower and return the half card. It was a great choice, and I am getting around 200 Mbs download and 15 Mbs upload as well as perfect signal strenght. Not sure about the upload speed for sure, but the download is 20x faster. From the box to connecting to the internet... easy, fast, no problems. Smooth.

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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Easy Install, Great Signal 10/31/2019 9:04:13 AM

Pros: -No noticeable latency in online games
-Maximizes my available speed from ISP
-Thin profile card fits perfectly below my GPU

Cons: -Antenna base does not magnetically attach to my case, but I'm blaming my case for that.
-Required a driver update before it would work. It comes with a CD, but my computer doesn't have a disk drive. Again, blaming my case for that.

Overall Review: I picked up this card since I decided to move my computer to a room that isn't near the router, and I didn't want cables running down the hallway. This is the fastest wireless card I've ever used. Installation was easy, and I have had no hiccups or dropped signals since updating the driver. I have put ~20 hours in online games since installing, and latency is no more noticeable than when I was hardwired. This comes at the expense of portability, since the best signal is achieved through the external antenna base. However, if you're prioritizing signal over portability this card is amazing.

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
1/ 5
Do NOT buy. Major issues. 8/23/2019 3:34:56 AM

Overall Review: I do not know the technical background of what is happening with this pcie wireless solution. But the result is extremely intermittent internet connection, often resulting in a complete freeze of the windows network center interface, forcing a PC restart to resolve. Most people purchasing a wireless solution of this caliber are likely either gaming, or streaming. Both of which will experience extreme frustration with this wireless device. I went through the ASUS warranty process to receive either repairs or a replacement refurbished device. And the issue is still prevalent with my replacement. Leading me to believe the issue is strictly between the asus chipset and the windows wireless drivers. If you want a concrete wireless solution, I suggest using a wireless router, and turning it into a wireless bridge as I did. AVOID ASUS FOR ANY WIRELESS SOLUTIONS. Ive had nothing but overwhelming disappointment with asus wireless products. They do however offer decent products in other PC categories.

P.S. Asus customer rep, please dont reply to this review. I'm not going to contact you about replacing my device or going through your warranty process. The issue is with your chipset and cannot be resolved through your company. The only resolution is to simply purchase something else.

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Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Best Wifi PCI-E card I have used 6/18/2019 10:49:48 AM

Pros: - PCI-E card with included external antenna mount
- easy hardware/software install
- fast dual band wifi that does allow faster connections to available router/access point

Cons: - lack of a utility software for config/monitoring

Overall Review: I had a USB 3.0 AC 1200 Wifi Network Adapter that after nearly 6 years of flawless service was having connection problems. Not completely sure, but my guess is that the integrated adjustable antenna had a worn out wire/connector, or the USB plug may have worn out. Having to unplug/replug, and change the USB port location to get it recognized finally got so bad I had to replace the unit. It did a great job, but it was time to upgrade to something better.

Prices for USB based Wifi NICs has increased a bit, and most were not offering better then what I had been using. I noticed a few PCI-E options, and the price points were better then what USB option were offering. My last PCI based card for NIC was a Wifi B/G that compared to current standards was quite slow. I read up on new options, and tried to watch some youtube reviews (random disconnects made this fun). I got the options down to AC 1900 when I saw the Asus PCE-AC88 AC3100. The price point was only a few dollars more, but the claims made it sound far better. I did worry that I might not see much of the higher speed due to my rural living location. Turned out I was worried about nothing.

I was able to install the card easy. Software/Driver was mostly pain free, but did take a bit of work to get some programs to notice I had changed my NIC. Once that was corrected I learned what advanced setting would best benefit my network. After some more reading I found the best options. My old USB Wifi NIC would usually maintain a 95% signal at 130 Mbps with 172 Mbps for short periods. The Asus PCE-AC88 started at 100% at 195 Mbps, and after optimized tweaks is steady at 233 Mbps. Web browsing is quite fast with no pauses in opening browser sessions unlike the past year where I could wait 5 to 10 seconds for email/facebook to open up. I am not seeing any better online gaming latency/ping, but never had any trouble until the random disconnects. Music/Video streaming is quite good, and I can get 1080p quality to play with no pre-buffering.

My only minor dislike is the lack of a utility program that shows your NIC signal/speed info in real time. I tried to use the utility from my previous NIC, but it does not recognize the Asus PCE-AC88. Miss having that in my task bar, but it is just a minor thing.

So I definitely suggest the Asus PCE-AC88 for anyone that wants a PCI-E based NIC card. Good value, rather easy to install, and it does perform quite well.

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Anonymous
Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
1/ 5
Great when it works 6/5/2019 3:38:05 PM

Pros: - Fast

Cons: - After only 2 months it now disconnects when under load

Overall Review: I can't even finish a speed test before it disconnects. Only a full reboot brings connection back up. If I throttle my connection it's fine but that kind of defeats the purpose. Latest drivers don't help. I can't recommend this thing.

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